The Eureka Valley Sand Dunes is one of the highest dunes in North America. Towering over 700 feet high and only covering an area of under 3 square miles, the dunes rise out of the surrounding desert floor creating a sand oasis in the middle of hard rock and sage.
We camped at the base of the dunes and hiked up the backside to the top. The edge of the dune was a shifting line that if you got too close to it, would grab your foot pull you down the 700 foot face in a most challenging coaster ride. The face of this dune was too steep to think you could ride it on a piece of cardboard or on a toboggan. It reminded me of the ant lion sand creature in Star Wars that tried to swallow Han Solo.
[googlemap width=”620″ height=”480″ src=”
<iframe src=”https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d94941.39496645198!2d-117.74539523019587!3d37.09575845135588!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x80bf1a427b7b4a5b%3A0x46bfe22d37ea838d!2sEureka+Dunes%2C+California!5e1!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1457139717084″ width=”600″ height=”450″ frameborder=”0″ style=”border:0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>”]
[vimeo id=”157785574″ width=”620″ height=”360″]
Driving to the Dunes about five miles away.
Just a pile of sand in the middle of nowhere.
Standing on the top of the dune looking down the 700 foot face. From this photo it
doesn’t look steep, but you didn’t want to get near the edge.
These swirls were not made by tourists, but by the winds and white through this area.
Our camp spot in the middle of nothing.
Alpine Glow at sunset.
I don’t know what was living here, but I don’t want to find out.